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Post by Analogue Crazy » Thu Jun 28, 2007 1:05 pm

Im am new to sequencers and need some advice. What CV sequencer would i use to sequence my Roland SH-09? I have used the JSQ-60 to sequence my Juno-60 and that works by DCB but i really want to sequence my SH-09.
What CV sequencer should i use?
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Post by Psy_Free » Thu Jun 28, 2007 1:11 pm

I can't say what you should use, but I use any of the following depending on what mood I'm in :

1. Doepfer Maq 16/3
2. Roland MC-202
3. Korg EA-1 (via MIDI to CV converter)
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Post by clubbedtodeath » Thu Jun 28, 2007 1:15 pm

May I make a suggestion?

Get a decent MIDI sequencer, like an Akai MPC, and some MIDI->CV converters. That will allow you much greater flexibility in the long run.

I use a Kenton Pro Solo with my Korg MS-20, and it's flawless. Handles linear and logarithmic CV easy enough; highly configurable. I have no experience of it with your keyboards, though.

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Post by haricots » Thu Jun 28, 2007 1:47 pm

How much money do you want to invest? I've used the Future Retro Mobius and the Doepfer MAQ and they both perform really well (both MIDI and CV). Another one you might want to look at is the MFB Step64.

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Post by Analogue Crazy » Thu Jun 28, 2007 2:15 pm

How much does the Roland CSQ-600 cost in the UK?
That seems a good sequencer for the SH-09.
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Post by nathanscribe » Thu Jun 28, 2007 2:32 pm

It does depend what you want to do with it. Are you going to be sequencing live, or is this for staring to record tracks? Not sure about the CSQ, but something like an MC-300 or 500, or a Yamaha QY, with a MIDI-CV convertor such as the Kenton Angus mentioned (I have a couple of Kenton units and they're like little tanks) would be fine. The advantage of using a MIDI sequencer would be that you could control a range of gear with it, including the R8 - set up whatever you need on the seq, and change your mind about which synth you use for it, and when you get some MIDI analogue keys/modules, you can still use it with them.

I used to use an Alesis MMT8, but can't recommend them on the grounds that many have faulty keys now. Otherwise, they're fun and flexible and easy to use, but you'd still need a convertor.

The Mobius has CV sockets built in, and is cheapish, but is one channel, I believe. Not used one, so only seconding the mention made above as an option.

You could go the whole hog and get an MC-4 or 8... :)

Actually, there are bloody loads of options. Got me thinking now... mmm sequencers...

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Post by Bitexion » Thu Jun 28, 2007 2:55 pm

In any case, make sure it sends out 1V/Octave so you can control pitch with it. All roland synths use 1V/Oct, don't they?

That means that 1 volt equals a full octave on the keyboard, so all the keys in between are separated into voltage between 0 to 1V.

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Post by modulator_esp » Thu Jun 28, 2007 3:04 pm

Analogue Crazy wrote:How much does the Roland CSQ-600 cost in the UK?
That seems a good sequencer for the SH-09.
I bought my CSQ-600 for about £60 and a CSQ-100 for £30, either would do the job for simple step sequencing
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Post by fletriste » Thu Jun 28, 2007 4:41 pm

i have a SH09 and I use an AKai ASQ10 with a kenton box in between. all is good.

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Post by divineaudio » Thu Jun 28, 2007 10:25 pm

+1 for the mobius. easiest damn sequencer i have ever used, super flexible and great for live use.

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Post by Bob-omb » Fri Jun 29, 2007 4:30 am

clubbedtodeath wrote: Get a decent MIDI sequencer + Kenton Pro Solo
+1. I also use this with my MS20. I have used it with a CS30, CS40m and an ARP Odyssey. It works great every time.

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Post by PitchMode » Fri Jun 29, 2007 4:31 am

I was going to start a new thread but thought it fits this one.

I do most of my sequencing on a Roland MC-4 or trig outs from various X0X boxes. I love the MC-4 and all, but it gets very tedious. I'm looking for something a bit more immediate.
I really like the Oberkorn Mk3 but read that it needs some kind of external CV quantizer. How 'bout the Modcan VC 54B?
The MAQ 16/3 also looks nice but I really want to avoid menu diving.

Does anyone have any experience with these?

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